The new came out yesterday that the hapless former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario is once again considering a run for Toronto’s mayor. He had considered it in January of this year, then publicly declaring that he wasn’t running. Now, he is running. Or he may be running. True to form, he is undecided on his change of mind.
What is it with our silver-spoon Hamlet? At this point, I do not care how many more times he humiliates himself electorally. The real problem is that every time he vacillates, he jeopardizes the whole conservative movement.
He blew the last provincial election with his chaotic handling of the faith-based funding issue. He started out well ahead in the polls, but by the time he was finished, Dalton McGuinty had been handed another electoral triumph. Then he gave Dalton McGuinty a free pass for a year while he chose to hang on to the party leadership by his fingernails (even though he lost his seat). Then he proceeded to get shellacked in a by-election in a safe conservative riding after persuading a loyal conservative to resign ‘for the good of the cause’. All that resulted from his pathetic bid to get back into Queen’s Park was one less conservative MPP.
The only reason Rob Ford is running for mayor in Toronto is because John Tory isn’t, or wasn’t. Ford knows he can’t win when the conservative vote is divided. As it was, he had to wait a fair bit of time before he formally declared his candidacy because Tory couldn’t make up his mind the last time. Now Tory’s mind is unmade up again, throwing major sand in the wheels of the Ford campaign, which had been making strides until now.
If George Smitherman becomes the next mayor, he will have had help along the way from John Tory.